Free Guide - Critical Steps to Take Before Opening a Restaurant or Investing In a Food Truck.

We recently saw a FedEx commercial called "Opportunity." The video essentially starts with a couple saying "1 millionth order" while standing in a spotless kitchen surrounded by industrial baking equipment and colorful cookies organized and ready for boxing. The commercial goes back to various parts of their entrepreneurship journey, of which one of those shows them, much earlier in life, sharing a simple morning at the dining room table over coffee saying..."you know we could sell these." The script goes something like this: [couple in kitchen surrounded by industrial cooking equipment]. Wife makes the statement..."1 millionth order"[same couple, slightly younger, small shop]. "there goes our 1st big order"[same couple, again slightly younger, in their home kitchen] "47,48...how many of these did they order"[same couple, again slightly younger, sitting at their kitchen table] "you know we could sell these" Well time is money! You don't have years to see if your new restaurant or food truck concept is going to work and be something people crave. In 2017 Forbes magazine published an article that only 17% of restaurants close in the first year, not 90% which is what many believe. (Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/modeledbehavior/2017/01/29/no-most-restaurants-dont-fail-in-the-first-year/#312375c24fcc_)This is great news for those considering opening up their own restaurant or food truck! BUT consider why most of those restaurants that do fail, fail: (Source: https://possector.com/management/restaurant-failure)- Low start-up capital- Poor knowledge about competition- Wrong Location- Poor restaurant promotion- Inconstant offer- The bad partnerships relations- Poor inventory and staff management- The lack of original ideas We’d love the opportunity to introduce you to Table Dot, In-Home Social Dining Made Simple. Table Dot is a technology that easily allows people to shop for and book your foodtastic offerings right in their own home. Table Dot can provide you with significant insight to avoiding several of the top reasons why restaurants to fail. With Table Dot you can, test that dish or menu item before opening a restaurant or investing in the food truck. Plus...we take care of the booking engine, marketing, insurance, and sales support so you don’t have to. When you receive orders during your allotted availability, just get the grocery goods, craft the food, bring joy to your customers and make some serious cash. Get started today so you can get real feedback about your dishes from people IN YOUR AREA. Sign up is easy. Click here.

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Forget the Meal Kits, Have Someone Else Cook For You

The Meal Kit industry is booming, delivery kits are wonderful as they deliver the ingredients to your door. They provide all the measurements, ingredients and directions on how to prepare the meal you selected. According to the research firm, Packaged Facts, there are now more than 100 meal kit delivery services available in one form or another, from those that will deliver pre-cooked, microwavable meals to companies that specialize in home-delivered juice cleanses or gourmet burgers-in-a-box.   Earlier this month, Morning Consult, a customer satisfaction marketing company, polled 2,191 adults across the country to analyze their relationship to meal kit services. Morning Consult stated, “19% had tried a meal kit service, and, of those 419, 62% had canceled their subscriptions for one reason or another.”   Of the segment that canceled, 49% canceled their subscriptions because they found the kits too expensive and 13% canceled as they didn’t care for the recipes offered. The remaining 38% consisted of people that felt the service was too expensive or that the company didn’t deliver to their area.   As the meal kits are uncooked groceries, they must be cooked within a certain amount of time or they will go rancid. That being said, life happens. Those with a busy schedule may often throw their entire box of food away if not cooked with the given timeframe.   As the recipes have variable prep times, one never knows how long they will be spending in a kitchen. Busy families often order takeout and delivery as it drastically reduces the time of cooking the meal from start to finish. Having your own cook guarantees the food will be cooked and can be easily reheated after that time.   Give TableDot.com a try. It’s as simple as going to a new restaurant, only you’re in the comfort of your own home, you’re allowed to put your feet on the table, and you’re allowed to watch your favorite television shows in the process. Make it your own and have fun!

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Turning Your Cooking Passion Into Profit

Want to make some extra cash doing something you love? Here’s your chance!   Do you enjoy cooking and entertaining guests? Do your friends often say you’d make an amazing chef? Have you ever fantasized about having your own restaurant? If you’re nodding your head, this is the industry for you. Many people love cooking and want to make money in doing so, but very few want (or have the funds) to go to culinary school. TableDot.com provides the solution. We provide the talented cook a means to make money by cooking for others, and still have the ability to make good money.   TableDot.com is also ideal for anyone that loves to cook, yet has no one to cook for. If you enjoy looking at recipes on Pinterest or watching the cooking channel, we’ll provide the reason to explore. Come join our family and make money doing something you love!   TableDot.com hires local cooks that have proven knowledge and experience in cooking their favorite meals rather than chefs that charge substantially more for similar quality. Whether it’s the dad that makes authentic Persian dishes, the aunt that makes an amazing coconut curry, or the friend that brings her signature barbecue to your Super Bowl party, they’re all ideal candidates to make a substantial income cooking for others.   We work with your talents, your schedule and your current abilities to generate extra money for you and your family. Simply tell us what you’re good at and what you like to cook, and as soon as someone chooses your dish to be prepared at their home or event, we send you to their home where you cook your signature dish and get paid in return.   Whether you want to work a few hours a week or a few hours a month, your schedule is entirely up to you. Where else can you find flexible, part-time work you truly love and have a passion for?

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“Girls Night In”

Girls night out can be an exhausting process. From picking out the outfit and selecting the right shoes to try every combination on so many times they all blend together. Then the process of showering, styling hair (which always looks terrible when you’re about to go out), putting on makeup and hoping all of them fit together in a reasonable amount of time and effort.   Time to change it up! Pick a friend to host the event and have everyone agree on a dish from TableDot.com, then wear whatever you like, bring your own beverages, and enjoy an amazing meal while being pampered by your own personal cook.   Let’s talk about the benefits of having a girls night in, shall we?   1. Save money on Uber or driving service. We all know it’s safer to Uber than it is to have a few drinks and drive, but the cost adds up. Especially as you’re also going to spend money at your destination.   2. Food is expensive. High quality food typically has a high quality price tag associated with it.  You must then tip the waiter or waitress on top of that, it all adds up.   3. Drinks. Whether you order a Manhattan or a Venti Latte, according to SmallBusiness.com, bars and restaurants typically charge four to five times their cost. For example, if their cost is $2 for a vodka/tonic, they will charge $8-10 for that same drink. Therefore, you could serve 4-5 vodka/tonics at your house for the price of one at a bar or restaurant.   4. Conversation. Girls night is about conversation. Time to catch up, gossip and show pictures to your friends. Why not do it in an atmosphere where you don’t have to yell at each other, walk on sticky floors, or wait in line to use a restroom.   5. Unwanted visitors. Ever have an unwanted guest crash your circle of friends? You won’t have to worry about that happening in the comfort of your home. The friends you invite are the only ones you will surround yourself with.   When you think about it, it simply makes sense. Pamper yourselves and enjoy a fun night in where no one has to cook, but everyone has the opportunity to enjoy quality food with the best of friends.

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Tired of Eating the Same 7-9 Meals?

Think about going to the grocery store. What are your staple items? Do you buy the same ingredients with the same recipes in mind for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Most people view grocery shopping as a routine task, but in the same routine, most people end up purchasing the same food items to make the same recipes, over and over again. In fact, 60% of us eat the same dishes week after week.   A survey commissioned by Ocado revealed that most people own an average of six recipe books, however, they are also stuck in a nine-meal rotation. Another survey stated individuals only have seven meals in their rotation list. Of the 2,000 adults they asked, most of which continue to keep the same dishes in on their menu, rarely break the barrier, and hardly ever introduce new meals from one of their cookbooks. One in four adults admittedly cook the same meal on the same day, i.e. Taco Tuesday, and many individuals admitted to lying to friends to make their meal planning sound more exciting.   Think about your childhood favorites. Do you cook the same dishes you enjoyed as a kid for your children? Did your mom or dad cook the same family recipes their mom and dad made for them? Like it or not, we are creatures of habit. We crave structure and find routines to be safe and effortless.   Time to change things up a bit. If you want to learn how to cook a certain meal or type of food, TableDot.com can help. You simply browse the selection of meals provided by our in-home cooks, select one you’d like to make for your family, and let the cook show you how it’s done. What better way to learn than a real live demonstration in the comfort of your own home? Share the love and get a bunch of girlfriends together and everyone can learn and appreciate the meal at the same time.   If you’re looking to make 2019 the year of change, the year of expanding your meal database and trying something new, TableDot.com can help!

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Five Benefits of Date Night

We all need a breather. Playing Mommy and Daddy is cool and all, but once in a while, we need to let loose. It’s natural and very healthy. A recent report by The Marriage Project listed five benefits of date night. While I’m sure we could all list many more, here are the five benefits they discussed.   1. Date night is an opportunity to communicate. Between busy work schedules, soccer practice, guitar lessons, volunteering at the school, after-school activities, then coming home to homework, more work and bedtime, communication is lost. Having a date night allows time for actual conversation as distractions are reduced to a minimum. It’s time to catch up, time to vent, time to appreciate, and time to reflect. 2. Date nights are valuable for their novelty. Whether you enjoy miniature golf, rock climbing, scuba-diving or dancing, activities can be fun, exciting, and otherwise arousing for couples. It’s time to let loose and have fun, whatever you choose that fun to be. The study also remarks that couples are encouraged to choose activities that represent “a balance of each partner’s interests”. 3. Sparks are important. The report says “date nights may strengthen or rekindle that romantic spark that can be helpful in sustaining the fires of love over the long haul.” 4. Date nights may strengthen the sense of commitment to each other. “Partners who put one another first, who steer clear of other romantic opportunities and who cultivate a strong sense of togetherness are markedly happier than less-committed couples.” It’s important to remember why you chose to be with your partner in the first place, date nights remind you of that. 5. Relieve stress. Date nights allow a couple “to enjoy time with one another apart from the pressing concerns of their ordinary life.” Date nights may also serve as an opportunity “to extend emotional support to one another in times of trial.” When things are tough, don’t bury feelings and emotions under a rug, take the opportunity to talk about them when they’re relevant. Address the issues and move forward, together.   Wilcox and Dew also recommend focusing on fun and engaging activities, and “steer clear of marital challenges or other stressful topics” such as family finances, etc. Date night is all about being positive and wanting to move forward as a team.   So why not change things up a bit. Instead of going out for sushi or lasagna, how about having someone come to your house and cook for you. Watch a movie in the comfort of your own home and have a delicious meal of your choice delivered directly to your family room. The choice of meal is entirely up to you. TableDot.com provides a plethora of main courses and side dishes to choose from. Dessert is also an option, and highly recommended for date night!   The process is simple, select the meal, sides, and/or dessert, then send the kids to visit friends or family and enjoy your date night in. Invite your spouse for a date in pajamas, or dress up, it really doesn’t matter. Candlelight, moonlight, or the light of the flat screen, it’s all irrelevant. Just a quiet evening home as girlfriend and boyfriend. Go ahead, you know you want to try it.

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Date Night, Make It Count

Date nights are important. As relationships morph from dating to marriage to children, roles and responsibilities change. Relationships that start with wine and passion quickly turn to spilled milk and chaos. Couples are exhausted and quickly fall asleep. Sex life? You mean risk having the kids hear you? Sex often vanishes as quickly as the laundry piles up.   A report released February 7, 2018, by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia proposes that, “date nights are an important way for couples to spend some much-needed time by themselves.” According to The Date Night Opportunity, “Couple time seems to foster more stable marriages,” and those “who devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely” than others “to enjoy high-quality relationships.”   It makes sense. People morph from the roles of girlfriend and boyfriend to husband and wife, and possibly mommy and daddy. Once you become a parent, you’re no longer the fun girlfriend or the crazy boyfriend. Date night has the potential to change your role for one night and provide the relationship with a much-needed, and well-deserved boost.   So why not change things up a bit. Instead of going out for sushi or lasagna, how about having someone come to your house and cook for you. Watch a movie in the comfort of your own home and have a delicious meal of your choice delivered directly to your family room. The choice of meal is entirely up to you. TableDot.com provides a plethora of main courses and side dishes to choose from. Dessert is also an option, and highly recommended for date night!   The process is simple, select the meal, sides, and/or dessert, then send the kids to visit friends or family and enjoy your date night in. Invite your spouse for a date in pajamas, or dress up, it really doesn’t matter. Candlelight, moonlight, or the light of the flat screen, it’s all irrelevant. Just a quiet evening home as girlfriend and boyfriend. Go ahead, you know you want to try it.

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Benefits of Eating Dinner as a Family

Let’s face it, we’re busy! As much as we try to find time for dinner with family, our calendars are filled. Between volunteering, soccer practice, volleyball, continuing education classes, the second business, and endless Starbucks meetings, we’re becoming too busy to sit and have dinner as a family. We now substitute a drive-thru visit and eat in the car, or we eat freshly delivered pizza on the couch as it’s cheaper and less of a time commitment than a sit-down meal.   No matter what food is prepared or served, here are a few reasons why we should make the time to actually sit at the table and eat as a family:   1. ”One of the simplest and most effective ways for parents to be engaged in their teens' lives is by having frequent family dinners," Joseph Califano Jr., Chairman and President of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, told Web MD. 2. Typically meals eaten at the table are healthier, more balanced, and made with higher quality ingredients than fast food or some restaurants. 3. You and your children will talk more. Whether you talk about sports, grades, friends, gossip, or what other kids are doing, you’ll have a better pulse on your children, their actions, and their feelings. The easier it is for your children to talk to you, the more they’ll tell you when a serious issue arises. 4. One study of mealtime found that families who spent 16.4 minutes at the dinner table had a greater risk of being overweight than families that sat together for an average of 19.9 minutes. Give your family plenty of time.   Overall, Jayne Fulkerson, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, said, “There is never going to be one right way to have family dinner, but it's important that each family simply tries its best.” If you can eat two dinners per week to start, that’s great, just get the ball rolling somehow.     A few suggestions on how to stay at the dinner time longer are discussing the daily highs and lows of the everyone at the table, while some families with little kids prolong dinner by serving food in multiple courses. If you’re really looking to focus your attention to the table, TableDot.com can help! We take care of the meal, you simply enjoy and have the luxury of becoming a guest in your own home.

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Family Dinner Without Distractions. Can It Be Done?

    According to a survey of U.S. parents, conducted by Toluna, Dallas, Texas, more than half (57%) of parents agree that even when they eat together as a family, some of their family members are distracted by technology.   In our parent’s generation, having dinner at the kitchen table used to be a daily ritual. It was presented at a certain time, and to be late was considered rude and disrespectful. The dinner table was the place for conversations and in-depth discussions as well as arguments, sarcasm, cheesy jokes, and laughter. It was all shared at the same time and place, every day without fail.   Back then, phones were attached to the wall, and if you were sitting at the kitchen table, it was impossible for you to talk on the phone. Now, times have changed, we have cell phones literally attached at the hip, we have laptops, tablets, cable television, FaceTime, smart watches, an abundance of social media, and attention spans the size of gnats.   Time to take a look at your family. Are your children preoccupied at dinner? Are you or your spouse working through dinner on your phones? Did you spend 20 minutes dressing your plate so you could take a picture of your meal and post to Instagram? Is your daughter waiting to see how many likes she has on the picture of her new haircut? Is your son and husband distracted by the television in the next room? Sound familiar?   Now, let’s evaluate. What are the current habits in your family? What are the ideal habits of your family? Do they match?   Here are a list of suggestions from real people on how you and your family can unplug from distractions and engage in each other:     1. “For families with young children: No phones anywhere within earshot, everyone helps bring a dish to the table so no one starts eating before everyone has a seat (moms are always last!). Have everyone share about their day. We love asking the question, “What are 3 things you learned today?” ~ Melissa Hembree 2. “We eat outside without phones. We put music on and just sit and enjoy each other. We try to do this once or twice a week.” ~ Sara Moffett Riley 3. “Sitting at the kitchen table. Having the kids help set the table first. No TV or electronics.” Kristin Driggers 4. “Take post-it’s and write down famous quotes and see how they are interpreted.” Judi Gallagher   Click here to see how TableDot.com can help eliminate every distraction, allowing you to focus on what’s really important.

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